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The Two Dukes of Wyndham

  • The idea for The Two Dukes of Wyndham was hatched early in my writing career when I was listening to the radio, and "Industrial Disease" by Dire Straits came on. It's long been a favorite song of mine, and one particular line has always struck me as interesting: "Two men say they're Jesus. One of them must be wrong." Romance author that I am, I immediately thought: "Two men say they're the Duke of Something. One of them must be wrong."

    The trick there, though, was to figure out how on earth the succession to a dukedom could be in doubt, because that sort of thing was generally well-documented. Once I came up with a way to make the plot work, I started thinking about the characters. Which would be the bad guy--the current duke or the long-lost duke? Then I thought--wouldn't it be so much more interesting if they were both good guys?

  • Which Wyndham book comes first?

    Neither! Even though The Lost Duke of Wyndham was released first, these two books take place at the same time and can be read in any order: Here’s why:

    Once I realized I was going to be writing about both of the possible dukes, it became clear that I would be writing two books instead of one. At first I thought I would write them sequentially, with one picking up where the other ended, but as I delved into the plotting, I realized that there were so many scenes that were crucial to both sets of characters. I couldn’t bear, for example, to show the big reveal scene (when the characters learn who is the real duke) from only one hero’s point of view. So I ended up with two novels that took place at the exact same time. This means that there are many scenes that take place in both books, but you see the events through a different characters’ eyes.